A Criminal and an Irishman

The Inside Story of the Boston Mob - IRA Connection
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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A Criminal and an Irishman is the story of Pat Nee's life as an Irish immigrant and Southie son, a Marine, a convicted IRA gun smuggler, and a former violent rival and then associate of Whitey Bulger. His narrative transports the listener into the criminal underworld, inside planning and preparation for an armored car heist, inside gang wars and revenge killings. Nee details his evolution from tough street kid to armed robber to dangerous potential killer, and discloses for the first time how he used his underworld connections and know-how as a secret, Boston-based operative for the Irish Republican Army.

For years, Pat smuggled weapons and money from the United States to Ireland - in the bottoms of coffins, behind false panels of vans - leading up to a transatlantic shipment of seven and a half tons of munitions aboard the fishing trawler Valhalla. No other Southie underworld figure can match Pat's reputation for resolve and authenticity.

©2006, 2007 Patrick Nee, Richard Farrell, Michael Blythe and Thomas Lyons (P)2011 Patrick Nee, Richard Farrell, Michael Blythe and Thomas Lyons

Critic Reviews

"A profane, often brutal memoir . . . Nee maintained an uneasy alliance with [Whitey] Bulger while persuing his personal cause -- raising money and smuggling weapons for the Irish Republican Army." ( The Boston Herald)
"Nee commits some horrible crimes, from attempted murder to armed robbery. Yet even as he chases someone with a rifle through South Boston, he's the sort of guy you want to root for." ( The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune)

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Interesting for fans of the genre

Being a criminal and an Irishman myself, I found it interesting. However, not sure how much it would appeal to a general audience

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well worth it!

was a very well told story. I loved it. highly recommend. pat nee is a stand up guy

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Great storytelling and narration.

Great storytelling and narration. Mr Bray excelled in his Boston accents. Intetesting side to a story that we as Americans never hear.

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Narrator makes the book

Great narration really bought this book to life. A few moments 'skipped' in the Audio book and I even re-wound to check. Not sure if that was an original recording issue or a download one.
The men spoken of in this book are criminals. No getting around it. If it was easier to take than earn, then that was their choice. That of course lent me to have no real feeling towards them. A couple of recalled events such as the poor lady who didn't cope well with a robbery, were enjoyable.
This book will educate some on what some Irish went thru in the past and I still find it difficult to understand how such a very small island can be split in two. Having been to Ireland myself, it just doesn't make sense at all and must still cause tensions.
I enjoyed this book and really appreciate the effort that R.C. Bray put into the accents. It makes books so much easier on the ears when they put that extra effort in.

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Interesting Story and Great Narration

It's interesting to listen to a behind the scenes account from someone who lived it. Great Story, Awesome Narration. If you are into mob stories, the IRA, History, or even just Boston, then this is def worth the listen.

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Pat nee talks about his life of crime

I liked this book alot i have listened to alot of books about the irish mob. I learned alot of new info with this one. Pat goes into detail about running guns to ireland with the ira. Very interesting

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What made the experience of listening to A Criminal and an Irishman the most enjoyable?

I loved this book and I highly recommend it!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Very honest, straight facts.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I listened to it a second time right after finishing the first one.

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  • bigsdavey
  • 02-13-17

loved it

loved it, couldn't stop once I got started definitely one I'd recommend and will definitely come back to again.

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  • Darren
  • 04-05-16

great book.

you can forget black mass and whitey bulger.. pat nee is a real son of Southie and Ireland. defiantly worth the listen.

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  • Gerald
  • 09-19-15

Great listen

Very interesting to hear the story from the horses mouth until now I only knew what I heard on the news

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  • Renzo
  • 12-31-16

Americans.sponsoring terrorism

Self justification by an individual who's actions brought death &misery to many. Not.to mention the. disappeared of.Ireland.
Americans sponsoring terrorism